- a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or taking part in a pantomime, especially at Christmas and other festive seasons.
- an actor, especially a pantomimist.
Origin of mummer
Related Words for mummermime, fool, jester, buffoon, comedian, comic, prankster, thespian, impersonator, copycat, parrot, actor, player, imitator, performer, parodist, mummer, trouper, caricaturist, impressionist
Examples from the Web for mummer
Historical Examples of mummer
He had at hand a surer ladder to fame than the mummer's art.The Man Shakespeare
They ought at least, to give us a moorish dance, or some other mummer!Notre-Dame de Paris
But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
A steamer was bearing my lady-love into the presence of her mummer.The Confession of a Fool
He was so much bigger than Mummer that it was hard to believe that they were own cousins.The Burgess Bird Book for Children
Thornton W. Burgess
- one of a group of masked performers in folk play or mime
- a mime artist
- jocular, or derogatory an actor
Word Origin for mummer
Word Origin and History for mummer
"one who performs in a mumming, actor in a dumb show," early 15c., probably a fusion of Middle French momeur "mummer" (from Old French momer "mask oneself," from momon "mask") and Middle English mommen "to mutter, be silent," related to mum (interjection).